The Long Way Home is theatre as therapy, a humanisation of headlines. Most of the people on stage aren’t actors; rather, they are returned servicemen, and they are telling their own stories, and the stories of their peers. This is what happens after a soldier returns home. Inspired by The Two Worlds of Charlie F… Read more.
2014 might as well be the year of David Williamson in Sydney, with eight of the prolific playwright’s productions being staged across the city. Sydney Theatre Company’s outing is the first, and its first show of the year. One hopes that this is a slow-burn beginning to the season and not something more unfortunate. Travelling… Read more.
Derek Young AM has stepped down as chairman of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group after 7 years in the role. John Irving, who joined the AMPAG board in 2010, took over the position yesterday. Young retired from his position as chair of the Melbourne Theatre Company last month after 19 years of service and… Read more.
John Doyle knows his target audience very well indeed (he’s one of them) and hits a bull’s-eye with his new play Vere (Faith). Ground-breaking sociologist Max Weber defines the upper middle class as “well-educated professionals with graduate degrees and comfortable incomes.” Any premier Arts centre will always be packed with that demographic on opening night… Read more.
Back to Back Theatre’s Super Discount has arrived at the Wharf as part of the tail-end of Sydney Theatre Company’s 2013, and it is well-worth the wait. Continuing the tradition of stellar interstate imports in the smaller STC spaces, Super Discount is a challenging piece of devised theatre that commands full attention of its audience…. Read more.
Romeo and Juliet endures as one of William Shakespeare’s greatest works. It has been adapted, examined, pulled apart, and put back together. It’s been given the big-screen treatment more than once, and memorably, recently, was contemporised by Baz Luhrmann. Yet there’s still room for Sydney Theatre Company’s urgent study of the piece, brought sublimely into… Read more.
This was my first introduction to this beloved Australian story, one that generations of Aussie children grew up on, either through Colin Thiele’s book or the 1976 movie based on the book. It’s a uniquely Australian story because of its characters, its setting and its cultural landscape, but thematically and dramatically, it’s completely universal. It’s… Read more.
Storm Boy, arguably one of Australia’s best loved novels and movies, is now a successful theatre production, and after a sell out season in Sydney, arrives in Perth this week. On the eve of its Perth premiere Craig Dalglish caught up with director John Sheedy to discuss the ancient art of story telling and pelicans…. Read more.
With rumours starting just last week, it has now been confirmed that Melbourne Theatre Company will produce the hit Broadway musical Once as part of their 2014 season in partnership with John Frost, Phil Bathols and the producers of Once USA. MTC will also produce the world premiere of Pennsylvania Avenue the next collaboration between… Read more.
David Allen gives his top picks for the highlights of Sydney Theatre Company’s upcoming 2014 season… Last week at a casual chic affair at the Bar at the End of the Wharf – a very welcome STC addition that has been embraced as an institution by its theatregoers – Andrew Upton announced his first solo… Read more.